AN ELECTRIC map now automatically aids motorists seeking travel information at the headquarters of the Automobile Club of Southern California. At the touch of a button, the mileage to any of 1,000 points within the state flashes from an electrical panel in luminous green figures, while a bright red spot indicates the location of the place upon a map twelve feet high.

Outdoor Community Elevator / Three-Wheeled Auto (Oct, 1924)

The Hollywood High Tower elevator is still there and still in use.

To that let me add this aerial view from Google Maps.

Outdoor Community Elevator Serves Dwellers on Lofty Hillside

Rising like the tower of a Spanish mission from a hillside in Hollywood, Calif., is a unique community elevator which residents have built to solve the problem of getting to their homes. The tower, surmounted by an artistic cupola, rises from a practically level street to a height of about 100 feet. About one-third of it is located in a concrete shaft within the hill. The elevator itself is reached through a fifty-foot tunnel cut in the solid rock, is electrically operated and controlled with a push button by the user.

Warning the Driver Behind with a Red Hand (Oct, 1921)

Warning the Driver Behind with a Red Hand

A NEW traffic signal embodies a glass tube containing neon at a pressure much below the atmosphere. When it is subjected to static electric pressure, it glows a deep orange red. The upraised red hand of warning does exactly what it should do—attracts the attention of the man behind you.

Futuramic Two-Wheeler (Oct, 1952)

Futuramic Two-Wheeler

YEARS ago, O.R. Courtney of Pontiac, Mich., built a fully-enclosed motorcycle that proved so successful he decided to come up with another. His new version, shown here, is totally enclosed and has a padded leather 2-passenger seat which lifts up to expose the main mechanical innards of the machine below. It is powered with an army surplus 45 cu. in. Indian V-twin air-cooled engine. Wheels are sprung on coil springs with adjustable dampeners, and the gasoline tank is enclosed beneath the cycle’s front wheel hood.

For Buzzing Only (Oct, 1952)

For Buzzing Only

A DIZZY height of 15 ft. was attained by this tiny bi-plane over the Palm Springs airport on its flight. Built for exhibitions at air shows at a cost of $2,200, the craft has a wing span of only 7 ft. 3 in., says Bob Star, test pilot and co-builder.

NEW on the ROAD (Jan, 1950)

NEW on the ROAD

Rolling Home had long been the vehicular dream of Paul Prigg of Miami. Then one day he decided he would stop dreaming and make the thing. Here it is! It’s built of aluminum on a Packard chassis and motor with special heavy-duty springs. It sleeps four, has hot and cold water, closets, cabinets and, in fact, just about everything a couple would want in a home.

Auto Top Makes a Motor Boat (Oct, 1921)

Auto Top Makes a Motor Boat

A KANSAS CITY man, unwilling to give up the joys of boating entirely for the joys of touring, has invented a camp-automobile of which the top is a complete motor boat, engine and all. The boat slides off on rollers and can easily be handled by one man, unlike some other one-man tops. It will carry six persons. Another extraordinary feature of the equipment of the automobile is a hot and cold water supply.

Versatile vehicle (Nov, 1981)

I believe that is a prototype Humvee. According to the Wikipedia page, one of the competing vehicles was designed by Lamborghini(video).

Versatile vehicle

High ground clearance mates with a low silhouette in AM General’s new cross-country vehicle. Designed for a U.S. Army competition, the 1-1/4-ton prototype could serve as an anti-tank missile carrier, a fire-control vehicle, or even an ambulance, says the company.


Equipped with a movable pilot house that can be hoisted to a height of twenty-two feet above the waterline, or lowered to ‘ the main deck, one of the strangest of tow-boats is being built for service on the Chicago River.

Steel Rail at Center of Road Prevents Head-On Crash (Aug, 1938)

Steel Rail at Center of Road Prevents Head-On Crash

White center lines on the highway warn motorists to stay in their own lanes, but they don’t prevent a crash if someone ventures across the line at the wrong time. Real protection is now offered by a center-line guard rail of convex steel strips supported by spring-steel posts, sturdy and resilient enough to absorb the shock of impact and deflect the car back to its proper lane. This traffic divider occupies no more space than is taken by the double white line.